WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and 24, 2012

Presentation Faculty

David H. BERNSTEIN , a national of the United States, is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, its Intellectual Property Practice Group, and its International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Bernstein’s practice focuses on a wide range of intellectual property and unfair competition matters including Internet and domain name law, false advertising, trademark infringement and dilution, counterfeiting, copyright infringement, right of publicity law, misappropriation, trade secret law, and patent infringement.

Mr. Bernstein is past Counsel to the International Trademark Association (INTA), is an adjunct professor of law at New York University and George Washington University Law School, and was a former Co Chair of the Internet Law Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Bernstein has been a WIPO Domain Name Panelist since 2000.

Mr. Bernstein received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an A.B. from Princeton University.

Contact: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
T +1 212 909 6696
F +1 212 521 7696
E dhbernstein@debevoise.com


Tony WILLOUGHBY, a national of the United Kingdom, is a freelance IP Consultant and mediator, previously having been senior partner at Willoughby & Partners (now known as Rouse Legal) where he specialized in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property.

Mr. Willoughby has had the conduct of some patent infringement actions, but most of his work has been in the field of trade marks, passing off, copyright and confidential information. He has acted in many leading reported intellectual property cases and has been a WIPO Domain Name Panelist since 2000. He is also Chairman of Experts for Nominet UK.

Mr. Willoughby was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales, United Kingdom in 1970 and has mediation accreditation with WIPO and CIArb.

Contact: IP Consultant
3 Northstead Road
London SW2 3JN
United Kingdom
T +44 8674 6691
F +44 20 8674 6691
E tony@iprights.com


Break-out Faculty

Luca BARBERO, a national of Italy, is a partner with Studio Barbero, a firm based in Turin, focusing on Domain Name issues and the protection of intellectual property on the Internet. He is also the Director of Barbero & Associates Ltd, a company based in London, specialized in the registration, management and monitoring of domain names worldwide.

Mr. Barbero is advising multinational corporations operating in various fields, as well as international law firms on domain names registration strategy worldwide and Intellectual Property protection on the web. He has negotiated and dealt with over 3,000 cases of domain name abusive registration and assisted clients in litigation and arbitration in Italy and in other jurisdictions for Internet related matters since 1995.

Mr. Barbero is a WIPO Domain Name Panelist since 2000, panelist at the Czech Arbitration Court and serves in different panels as Arbitrator and Mediator including WIPO and the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and Turin.

Mr. Barbero has a J.D. from Turin Law University and a Master in International Business from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an Italian Trademark Attorney and European Trademark Attorney, admitted to practice before the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market. He is a Professor at the “Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property” organized by the WIPO Worldwide Academy and the Faculty of Law of the University of Turin, at the “Internet Law Master” organized by the University of Padova and Professor and Member of the Support Committee of the “LL.M in International Trade Law” organized by the University Institute of European Studies under the auspices of the University of Turin (Italy) and a regular speaker at other conferences and seminars on Domain Names and Mediation/Arbitration issues. He is a member of the ADR Committee of INTA, Cyberspace Team of MARQUES, IPC of ICANN and Internet Committee of ECTA.

Contact: Studio Barbero
Via Tripoli 104-106
10137 Torino
T +39 011 3810600
F +39 011 3810601
E luca.barbero@studiobarbero.com


Matthew HARRIS, a national of the United Kingdom, is a Partner at Waterfront Solicitors LLP. Prior to joining this firm, he was a partner in the IP and IT department of Herbert Smith in 2000 and joined Norton Rose in 2003 where he subsequently became the head of Intellectual Property and Information Technology dispute resolution.

Mr. Harris is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property, information technology, internet law, data privacy and freedom of information work. Matthew initially trained as a general commercial and intellectual property litigator and although he has extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious IP and IT work, his practice retains a contentious focus.

Mr. Harris is a recognized expert in domain name law and practice, has been appointed by WIPO, Nominet and the Czech Arbitration Court to decide domain name disputes and he also sits on the Czech Arbitration Court domain name advisory board.

He is a visiting lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland and is the UK contributor to, and a general editor of, the International Trademark Association’s Annual International Review of Trademark Jurisprudence and Volume II of its annual Trademark Law Handbook. Matthew also sits on INTA’s International Amicus Committee.

Contact: Waterfront Solicitors LLP
14 Weller Street
London SE1 1QU
United Kingdom
T +44 207 378 4371
F +44 207 234 0600
E matthew.harris@waterfrontsolicitors.com


Brigitte JOPPICH, a national of Germany, is employed in the media industry as Director Legal Affairs, and is a qualified German legal professional. Until 2004, she was a partner with Linklaters LLP in Germany.

Ms. Joppich obtained her doctorate at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, University of London, United Kingdom, as well as a Maîtrise en droit from the Université d'Aix-Marseille III, France.

Ms. Joppich has extensive experience in all aspects of trade mark and intellectual property law. She has published and lectured in trade mark as well as copyright and media law. Ms. Joppich is a WIPO Domain Name Panelist and is also on other WIPO Lists of Neutrals. She has served as a panelist in numerous alternative dispute resolution proceedings, mostly under the UDRP, since 2002, including a number of cases as Presiding Panelist.

Contact: Attorney
Rhönstr. 9
97080 Würzburg
T +49 931 2009 1288
F +49 931 2009 1299
E brigitte.joppich@joppich-law.com


Andrew D. S. LOTHIAN, a national of the United Kingdom, is Chief Executive of Demys Limited. Mr. Lothian has over twenty years of experience in legal practice both in litigation and intellectual property. He co-founded Demys Limited in 1999, a company that has been instrumental in pioneering the concept of Internet Intellectual Property Management. Demys Limited provides corporate domain name management services to many leading rights owners.

Mr. Lothian has been involved in Internet domain name matters for over fifteen years and personally handled the first Scottish domain name dispute before the Commercial Court of the Court of Session together with the world’s 6th largest domain name acquisition by value (IF.com). Mr. Lothian has been a WIPO Domain Name Panelist since 2002. He has been a serving Expert on the UK Internet Naming Authority’s (Nominet) Dispute Resolution Service Panel since its inception in 2001 and is a member of the Czech Arbitration Court's ADReu panel.

Mr. Lothian has an LL.B and Diploma in Legal Practice, both from the University of Edinburgh, and was enrolled as a Solicitor in Scotland in 1990. He has spoken internationally on e-Business and domain name issues since 1998 and is actively involved in the ICANN process.

Contact: Demys Limited
33 Melville Street
Scotland EH3 7JF
United Kingdom
T+44 131 226 0660
F +44 131 225 6408
E a.lothian@demys.com


Richard G. LYON, a national of the United States, has concentrated on technology and technology-driven transactions in the U.S. and Europe for the past thirty years, most recently as of counsel to a start-up law firm in Dallas, Texas. Previously Mr. Lyon was a member of corporate and litigation departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Lyon also served as Vice President and General Counsel of the United States subsidiary of Ericsson Inc., with principal responsibility for legal and governmental affairs for U.S. and Canadian operations.

Mr. Lyon concentrates his corporate practice in the areas of outsourcing, structure and financing of the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual capital, such as licensing, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He also advises U.S. and foreign clients on general corporate and finance transactions and distribution matters and assists clients in litigation involving intellectual capital. Mr. Lyon has been a WIPO Domain Name Panelist since 2000.

He now resides in Bozeman, Montana, and has been expanding his work in mediation and dispute resolution.

Mr. Lyon is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Lyon received his law degree from Harvard University in 1971 and a bachelor of arts from Haverford College in 1968.

Contact: Attorney and Dispute Resolution Professional
4794 Aspen Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
United States of America 
T +1 214 290 0000
F +1 214 571 0099
E richardglyon@att.net


William R. TOWNS, a national of the United States, is a Partner at Novak Druce + Quigg LLP, and also serves as the Firm’s General Counsel. Mr. Towns is a seasoned attorney and mediator. His litigation and dispute resolution practice concentrates principally on intellectual property, with an emphasis on trademarks, domain names, unfair competition, and copyrights, and encompasses commercial litigation and other international and transnational disputes.

Mr. Towns is a WIPO Approved Neutral, a member of the INTA Panel of Neutrals, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as well as other international, national and local dispute resolution organizations, including the Global Collaborative Law Council, the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and the Texas Association of Mediators. He has served as a WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelist since 2003.

Mr. Towns received his J.D. degree from the University of Houston in 1980 and his undergraduate degree in Government from the University of Texas in 1977. He teaches courses in International Business Transactions and International Intellectual Property as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.

Contact: Novak Druce + Quigg LLP
Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Street, Fifty Third Floor
Houston, TX 77002
United States of America
T +1 713 571 3400
F +1 713 571 3449
E bill.towns@novakdruce.com